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December 6, 2017
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Happenings This Week    
A Reading of Mark's Gospel
Tonight @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.
A moving evening with Mark.
Join us as we begin the holy season of Advent by gathering to read the Gospel of Mark in one evening. Why? Because the church's new year begins on the first Sunday of Advent and focuses on this gospel, the very first one recorded. 

So this year give yourself a gift! Leave the shopping frenzy behind and gather at the church for a chili supper and an incredible evening like no other. We hope you're joining us.

Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 10 at 4:00 p.m.
Christmas music star
Don't miss this lovely evening
We will celebrate the Advent season with the Festival of Lessons and Carols, a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus inaugurating the Advent/Christmastide season.

The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus are told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music in a lovely service reminiscent of the annual King's College, Cambridge England service of Lessons and Carols. A reception follows with wassail and English shortbread. Please plan to join us and bring a friend.

Advent Forums
December 10 and 17
Adult Forum - 9:00 a.m. Hinde Hall
The Lord is our Light
Grab a cup of coffee and join us in Hinde Hall at 9:00 a.m. for an Advent study based on the Revised Common Lectionary. Prepare for God's coming by rediscovering the light that began in the manger.  Remember there is nursery available from 7:45 a.m. if you have little ones who need watching.

Remember Loved Ones
Christmas Flower Donations
The lovely floral arrangements in the church at Christmas are made possible by generous parishioners. If you wish to make a donation, there's a form to fill out to make sure we get all the spellings correct. You may pay by cash, check or credit card. It's a lovely way to remember a loved one, give thanks for family and friends, or celebrate the season. Please submit your donation to the parish office no later than December 18 to ensure that the information will appear in our Christmas bulletin.

This Advent Season
Labyrinth Walks in Advent
In the peaceful church courtyard
Peace and calm.
Our labyrinth will be open to the parish and community for contemplative time on Wednesday evenings from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. on December 6, 13, and 20. Squeeze out even 15 minutes in your busy day to enjoy some time for yourself and center on what is truly important this time of year.

The Lord is Our Light
Advent Bible Study
We will gather for two more Monday mornings in Advent - December 11 and 18 at 8:00 a.m. in Hinde Hall for a study of the scriptures appointed especially for the season of Advent. On Monday, December 11 we will focus on Isaiah 61:1-11.  We hope you'll join us to enrich your Advent season.

Lighten Our Darkness, O Lord
Wednesday, December 13 - 7:00 p.m.
 A simple candlelit service of evening prayer and quiet time of reflection within the walls of this beautiful historic church. Prayers for the whole human family and time for remembrance for those whom we love but see no longer will be offered. We will depart with candles as we scatter the darkness with the Light and Love of Christ!  Labyrinth will also be candle lit and available for meditation before and after the service.

Christmas Eve/Advent 4
December 24, 2017
December 24 
10:00 a.m.
Advent 4 or Christmas Eve? Because Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year, and it is also the Fourth Sunday of Advent we will celebrate both! At 10:00 a.m., we will have our regular Sunday liturgy with the Advent Wreath and the account of the Annunciation to Mary. Our celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas Eve) begins in the afternoon with the 3:00 p.m. family service and pageant. It's a long day, but worth your time to come at 10:00 a.m. to hear the whole story!

Want to Join the Christmas Pageant?
3:00 p.m. - Christmas Eve
Be in the Christmas pageant!
All children are invited to take part in the Christmas pageant at the 3:00 p.m. family Christmas Eve service. There is a part for everyone, and no RSVP or rehearsing is required! Just arrive at Hinde Hall by 2:30 p.m. to don a costume and join the fun. Both young and old love the joy and spontaneity of this beloved service.
Christmas Services
Mark your calendar
Christmas Eve Services, Sunday, December 24
  • Family Service w/pageant         3:00 p.m. 
  • Festive Eucharist with choir      5:00 p.m. 
  • Festive Eucharist with choir      10:00 p.m.     champagne reception to follow        
 (Nursery available for 3:00 & 5:00 p.m. services only)
Christmas Day Service  (one service only)    10:00 a.m.

From the Treasurer
Amazon Smile
You Shop, They Give
It bears repeating during this heavy shopping time, that every time you make an Amazon purchase you can help Christ Church. If you already use the "Smile" feature, you might consider directing your donations to Christ Church. If you do not already have a "Smile" account, simply log onto  and set-up your account. Remember to log-on to Amazon Smile every time you shop. Your account looks and works EXACTLY the same, but you will be donating a small portion of your purchase directly to Christ Church. It costs you nothing and benefits your parish!

Where do you stand?
2017 pledge update
collection plate
Am I up-to-date?
Are you wondering where you stand in this last month of 2017? We will mail out year-end statements; but if you'd like to know how much you've donated to Christ Church to date, just email Christie Tugend and she can send you an update. 

If you have registered in our new Realm database, you'll be able to check on all your giving 24/7. Just go to and create an account. All your records are there! You can even setup recurring donations and give to specific funds (ie. flowers, outreach, Christmas)
Questions - just contact us.

P.S. - It's not too late to submit your 2018 pledge!

Service and Outreach 
Interfaith Shelter @ St. Mark's
Holiday help for the transitionally homeless
Christ Church is again partnering with St. Marks for the Interfaith Shelter program, and we are excited to be a part of Interfaith's Rotational Shelter again this year from December 13 through 31.  
Up to 12 guests will be invited to stay at St. Mark's where they will receive a hot dinner, showers and a warm place to sleep over the Christmas holiday.  Breakfast is available each morning before they depart and they are invited to pack sack lunches to take with them each day. 
Please consider signing up to host a dinner or as an overnight host. Hosts, please sign up in teams of two. If you are an individual wanting to serve in this capacity and don't have a partner, please email Gary Smith so he can pair you up with someone.
Please carefully read all the details before signing up.

Email  Marti Helmers for more information or call
Advent Angels
Toys for ECS Head Start

The Advent Angel gifts were picked up by ECS Head Start this morning. Thanks to your generosity and a very special donation from the Thrift Shop,
248 children served by Episcopal Community Services Head Start program will have a happy Christmas. Your light will shine on all these children!

Calling All Knitters!
Christ Church Knitting Ministry
Come knit in community.
The Knitting Ministry invites anyone interested in knitting or crocheting to join this amazing group of dedicated folks. The knitters create lovely prayer shawls and prayer squares used for pastoral care and outreach. They recently made headbands (ear warmers) that were distributed through 5 for 5 last Sunday to those on the streets of downtown. The report was they were so gratefully received. Experienced knitters or those eager to learn, please contact Susan Warmbrodt. 

Weekly Food Collection - St. Mark's
Donations are needed through the holidays!
The Neighborhood Food Pantry needs continue. If you'd like to donate, the basic non-perishable items are always needed - canned vegetables, beans, and fruit, canned protein, pasta sauce and canned tomatoes, peanut butter and jelly, cereals and oatmeal, rice, canned soups, pastas, chili, and cooking oil.

What's Happening...

Serving This Sunday...
8:00  - Carla Fargo
10:00 - Pete Glorieux, Zachary Reina
Chalice Bearers
8:00 -  Carla Fargo, Susan Warmbrodt
10:00 - Jo Hunsaker, Kathleen Ireland

8:00 -   Susan Warmbrodt
10:00 - Bud Edney, Mary Taylor
8:00 - Dave Sweeney
10:00 -  Bill Huck

8:00 - Marty McCullough, Dave Sweeney
10:00 - Chris & Jen Ellinger

8:00 - Dixon Bridgers
10:00 - Bob Koop
Welcome Center 
Lynn Walsh

Sunday School
Karen Ray Nelson, 
Bryn Reina
Olivia Sparkman,  Suzanne Warren

Greyson Glorieux

Bill Huck,  Sam Ward, 
David Warren, Bob Wilson

Mark Your Calendar

December 10
Lessons & Carols

December 13
Lighten Our Darkness, Oh Lord

December 15
CCDS Closing Chapel

December 17
Adult forum @ 9 a.m.

December 24
Advent 4 - one service 10 a.m.
Christmas Eve services

December 25
Christmas Day @ 10 a.m.

December 25/26
Parish Office Closed

December 31
One service @ 10 a.m. 


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